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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Navajo man sentenced to 12 years in prison for abusive sexual contact of a minor in Indian Country

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nathan Thomas, 45, of Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced on Sept. 22 in federal court to 12 years in prison for abusive sexual contact of a minor in Indian Country.

            Thomas pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2020. In his plea, Thomas admitted that on Aug. 1, 2007, and July 21, 2010, he knowingly engaged in and caused sexual contact with Jane Doe, who at the time of both incidents was under the age of 12. Thomas committed the offense at his family home in San Juan County, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation.

            Upon his release from prison, Thomas will be subject to three years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

            The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Navajo Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Nayback prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
21-195
Updated September 23, 2021